RFDC Hosted Metro DC Area Family Gathering at Family Week in Provincetown

On Monday, July 27, Rainbow Families DC hosted a Metro DC Area family gathering during the Family Equality Council's 20th Family Week in Provincetown, MA. More than a dozen DC Metro Area families turned out!


Family Week is the largest annual gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified parents and their families in the world!

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REGISTER TODAY! RFDC Family Picnic at Hillwood - Sunday, Sept. 13

When: Sunday, September 13, 2015  -  11 AM - 2 PM

Where: Hillwood Estate, Musuem, & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Advanced ticket sales are available until 5 PM on Saturday, September 12. Tickets are $5/Adult and $0/Child (under age 18). Please note that day of event ticket sales increase to $18/Adult and $0/Child (under age 18) so be sure to register early!

Tickets are available NOW for the Annual Rainbow Families DC (RFDC) Fall Picnic by CLICKING HERE! *

RFDC has partnered with Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens to host the picnic on the lawn of the magnificent Merriweather Post mansion.  Picnic-goers will enjoy lawn games, a putting green, face painting, a scavenger hunt and special activities for kids!  

So pack up the family, bring a picnic lunch and join us for this great community building event.   Don’t forget to bring your camera - the estate grounds and gardens make the perfect backdrop for family photos. To see the gardens CLICK HERE.

The program takes place rain or shine.  In the event of inclement weather lawn games and putting will be canceled.  Picnicking and all other activities will take place indoors.

Questions? Please e-mail them to info@rainbowfamiliesdc.org.

* Please note: If you haven't registered on the Hillwood website before, when you reach the "Log In To You Account" page you will need to click on the "Register" tab and create an account.



SAVE THE DATE: Next Montgomery County, MD Play Group - Sept. 26 - Wheaton Regional Park

When: Saturday, September 26, 2015  -  10 AM - Noon

Where: Wheaton Regional Park, 2002 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, MD 20902

Rainbow Families DC is sponsoring a playgroup that will meet regularly throughout the year at various locations in Montgomery County. This play group is a great opportunity for both you and your kids to meet other LGBT families and create new friendships. Children of all ages are welcome.

The first play group was held on August 8 at Cabin John Park. It was very successful with 9 families and seventeen children joining in the fun. The kids ranged in age from 4 months old up to 10 years old. Everyone had a great time getting together and connecting with other families in the area! And we're excited to keep it going! 

Participation in the play group is free, but we would appreciate an RSVP so we can know how many families to look for. Please RSVP to info@rainbowfamiliesdc.org.

More details including specific meeting location at Wheaton Regional Park will follow.

Click here to learn more about Wheaton Regional Park.



RFDC to Host Two Panels at the Black Student Fund's Annual Student Fair - Sunday, Oct. 4

When: Sunday, October 42-5 PM

Location: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

The Black Student Fund’s (BSF) Annual School Fair will take place on Sunday, October 4 from 2 to 5 PM at the Washington Convention Center.

The BSF’s Annual School Fair provides parents of pre-K through 12th grade students an opportunity to learn about participating independent school’s programs, community, admissions requirements and financial aid process. In addition, the fair features interactive seminars focused on the admissions process, the financial aid process and personal/family financial management. Since 2009, the BSF has worked in collaboration with the Latino Student Fund to connect Latino students to independent schools as well.

Rainbow Families DC will host two panels that afternoon regarding the experiences of LGBT families navigating independent schools in the metropolitan area.

To register for this free event and to learn more about the Annual School Fair by visiting the website HERE.



SAVE THE DATE: RFDC's Annual Visit to Cox Farm's Pumpkin Madness Fall Festival - Sunday, Nov. 8

When: Sunday, November 8, 2015  -  Time TBD

Where: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA 20120

Please save-the-date and join us for a fun-filled day at the Cox Farm’s Pumpkin Madness Fall Festival on Sunday, November 8, 2015.  Fun for all ages, this annual visit to Cox Farm includes pumpkin-smashing, hayrides, live music, farm animals, a corn maze, hill slides, and lots of other activities.   The event is located at Cox Farm in Centreville, VA.

Stay tuned for more details! 



In The NEWS...

Same-Sex Parents: A Statistical Snapshot

The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey was the first to collect detailed demographic data on both married and unmarried same-sex couples nationally, including information on same-sex couples raising children. The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law analyzed that data, along with information from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey. The institute estimates that, as of 2013:

Related: Estimates Emerge on Number of Students With Same-Sex Parents

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Nearly 210,000 children under the age of 18—almost 145,000 of them

school-age—lived in some 122,000 households with same-sex parents.


Rainbow Families DC Marched in June 2015 Capital Pride Pride with HRC


On Saturday, June 13, 2015, Rainbow Families DC joined the Human Rights Campaign walking contingent in the Capital Pride Parade! Thank you to Trang Duong and Jeff Szabo-Simmons, RFDC Board Members, for leading the parade walking contingent and to all the families that joined us! We hope to see you all there next year!

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